Friday, 29 August 2014

Book Review: Immortal Heart (#0.5 Few Are Angels) by Inger Iversen

Series: Few Are Angels #0.5
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: 26 September 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Amazon Purchase
Audio or Book: ebook
Length: 263 pages



Overview:
More than a century after the tragedy of Hélène's death and before Ella found Kale bruised and broken on her doorstep, Kale moved through the world in a haze of personal punishment allowing it to consume him. Until his friend, Detective Deacon, a newly infected Chorý calls on him for a favor.


In this prequel to the Few Are Angels series, Kale is thrown into a world of human blood trafficking and is introduced to a Chorý that offers him a chance at happiness— in blood.

Official Book Trailer





Previous reviews:
Few Are Angels #1 - This is a freebie... grab it quickly!!!


I have been excited to read this book since I finished Few Are Angels a while ago and when it won Book of the Month I was sooooo excited all over again!! Inger even helped gain some votes and support on the poll after I tweeted her - I just love it when an author joins in the fun!! Did you check out my interview with her?? If not - click here

My Review:

One of the small things I loved about this book is that there is a song picked out at the beginning of every chapter. I only figured it by chapter 4 when I saw Florence & the Machine, as I was not familiar with the first few choices or bands - I thought they might be quotes or something. This little addition gives it a nice feel for the chapter. 

Inger has a beautiful way with weaving together a story, it didn't take me long to be swept away. 

Characters & Story line: 4/5

This prequel is more of Kale's story than of Kale and Helene/Ella. I really missed Ella's presence. As much as I enjoyed getting to know Kale, meeting Deacon and Sola - I loved Ella's character in Few Are Angels. 

Kale - I love Kale's intensity. He is a bit of a tortured hero in this series but I love how Inger showed us his weaknesses as well. There are parts that really made my heart ache. Getting to know Kale is a beautiful story. 

Deacon - Deacon is like the younger brother who is trying to tame his wild chory ways. Kale is so protective of him. I enjoyed his character and was so happy when Kale let him and Sola a little bit closer. 

Sola - I was not too sure of Sola in the beginning. I liked her but she really grows on you throughout the story. I love her name and she really creeps into your heart. Sola is a beuatiful character and I hope we see her again in future books. 

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  


The plot jumps a bit between 1900 & 2010. Inger's writing style is so easy to follow and she slowly builds up intensity and creates intrigue. The pace was moderate. I enjoyed how Inger weaved in the meaning of the title Immortal heart and revealed the beautiy of it. It was such a touching moment in the story for me. The ending was ok for me, it gave closure. I really need to go re-read Few Are Angels to truly appreciate the significance of this book.

Cover talk: 5/5

I loved the cover. It is eye catching and sets the mood for the book beautifully.

Final Thoughts:  

Although I prefer Few are Angels, Immortal Heart lays some good groundwork and you get to know Kale in a difference light. 

My Rating:


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Author Bio:

Inger Iversen lives in Virginia Beach with her tree-hugging boyfriend Joshua and her overweight lap cat Max. When not reading or writing she spends her time watching reruns of True Blood or killing zombies in Call Of Duty.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l Website








Monday, 25 August 2014

Author Interview ~ Inger Iversen

~ Getting to know Inger Iversen ~

Hello lovelies!! 

I am quite excited today to have Inger Iversen on my blog! I discovered Inger while blog hopping one day and came across her book trailer of Few Are Angels. This was the first book trailer that ever caught my attention and I was hooked. I need to get my hands on it and much to my delight... It was free on Amazon!! Check out my review here. Last month her prequel Immortal Heart won my Book of the Month read - thanks to Inger who helped tweet about it!! It is always exciting when an author interacts *exciting*

So lets get this interview on the go:



Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m from Virginia Beach and I live about ten minutes from the Oceanfront, yet I rarely if ever go to the beach. I have an overweight lap cat who is pretty much the boss of the house. If I’m writing, I HAVE to have some music playing in the background. My favorite bands are: Imagine Dragons, Labyrinth Ear, Black Lab, X Ambassador and the Neighborhood. Umm…what else? Oh, I’d definitely choose Loki over Thor.

Are you working on any new books?
Yes, I am. I just completed my first contemporary romance!  It’s called Incarcerated. I also have an adult series on my blog called, Bratva: Brothers in Sin and I am finishing the final book in the Few Are Angels called, Eternal Light. I’ll be busy this year because I still have Sinners in the Dark and Confessions in the Dark for my publisher! I am SUPER busy!
When did you decide to become a writer and what inspired you?
I think I’ve always wanted to write, but my first book, Few Are Angels came from a dream. The oddest part was that I didn’t add the scene from the dream in the book and I should probably write that scene and add it into the special decision.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest part about writing is making sure I can convey my thoughts in a proper manner to the reader. It’s hard. Often times in reviews you’ll find the reader either loved or hated where you were going with your story and that’s hard to grasp.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
The easiest thing about writing is when I get into a flow, my thoughts are lucid and my MUSE
is active.
Did you ever get writer’s Block?
I had writer’s block once, so I just took a three-week break and got back to work.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
You should definitely take a break. Set the work aside and take a breather.
What book/s are you reading at present?
I just read Kresely Cole’s Dark Skye and I loved it!! Thronos is a hottie!
Who designed your book cover/s?
I use a few different people depending on the series. I use Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Eden Crane J Love them both and they are super talented.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Eh…I try to ignore them, but it is really hard. No matter how hard I work there will always be a person who dislikes it and that is a hard pill to swallow.
Tell us about the making of your book trailer Few Are Angels?
It was AWESOME! I actually got to write a script! Well, I wrote one and the director edited it to make it crisper for the film. J  It was amazingly fun and wish I could have flown to Memphis to watch as they filmed it. My main character, Kale, had to be recast because the actor I chose got into an accident on the MORNING of filming!!  Chelsea, the woman who plays Ella did a great job!

Will you be making any more book trailers?
Most definitely!
What is your favourite motivational phrase.

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”

What is your favourite book and why?
I love Elizabeth Chandlers Kissed by an Angel series. I love how she brought the two characters together!
What advice would you give to your younger self? Never give up.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Never give up!!!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
WebsiteBlogFacebookTwitter l Pinterest l Goodreads

Thank you for taking some time to hang out with us here on the blog!! If you haven't had a chance grab Inger's book few are angels: *It's a freebie* and it got a 5 star review from me!!


Hope you enjoyed meeting Inger and keep an eye out for my review of Immortal heart on Friday!! 


Friday, 22 August 2014

Book Preview: Ciper (The Shadow Ravens #1) by Aileen Erin

Series: The Shadow Ravens #1
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date: 14 October 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy



Overview:

In the not-too-distant future, the color of your helix tattoo shows exactly how your DNA was modified—green for super-smart scientists, black for pumped-up warriors, white for the immortal Seligo—but Cipher’s red helix is a death sentence. It’s a sign of unstable DNA, which is probably the reason she can manipulate electricity.

When she was eight years old, Cipher made the mistake of showing her uncle the tattoo. In return, he killed her parents and tried to kidnap her.

She’s been on the run ever since, and twelve long years later, Cipher is tired of hiding. Survival isn’t enough anymore. She wants her life back.

Hacking into the Citadel mainframe is a huge risk, but it pays off when she finds a database on red helixes. Before she can copy it, she loses control of her power, charring her last processor, and the only person in the Arizona Voids that can get her back online is her oldest friend, Knightly. She hasn’t seen him in person since she started running, and Knightly 2.0 is fully upgraded with a six-pack and knee-melting smile.

For a girl like Cipher, trust doesn’t come easily, but Knightly makes her yearn for a life she knows she can’t have, especially when every secret she reveals endangers them both.



Previous reviews by this author:


Erin, Aileen - Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1)
Erin, Aileen - Avoiding Alpha (Alpha Girl #2)


Wow what a preview! I received this preview from Inky monster as a sneak peak at Aileen Erin's latest work. I was totally absorbed with the few chapters I read and just want more. 

Cipher is easy to like and you get introduced to so many interesting characters within the first few chapter. The world building looks awesome so far and I cannot wait to see where this story goes - it is guaranteed to be an amazing adventure!

Aileen is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Inky better send me a copy soon!!! *wink wink nudge nudge* I have never really read a preview before and I loved it. I am totally excited about this book!!!!!


Author Bio:
Aileen Erin is a lover of all things nerdy—from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l Website



Thursday, 21 August 2014

Book Blast: Guardians ~ The Girl: Book 1 by Lola StVil

Guardians

Guardians: The Girl by Lola StVil

******OVER 450 FIVE STAR REVIEWS!*******

Sitting there in the car, a part of me bitterly resented what she was doing to me. I knew it wasn’t her fault. But does she have to be so... alluring? I need to focus on something else besides the spot between her earlobe and neck. It looked so soft. Her lips were slightly parted as she looked out the window. I wanted to part them further with mine. I put both my hands on the steering wheel. I could not allow myself to let go until she was out of the car. Suddenly she leaned in and kissed me. It was far better than I could even begin to explain to you. I've fought and died a slow and painful death on earth. And nothing, NOTHING can compare to how hard it was for me to pull away from her lips. I don't think any angel could to do it twice in a lifetime...


Excerpts

“Your courage is in your tears. Every time you cry, you lose a little bit more of it. That’s why you’re so breakable. Not because you’re human, because you’re always shedding courage from your eyes.”

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Marcus, choose me. Choose the path that is perilous and leads to certain annihilation because it’s also the path that leads to me. They can’t understand that we are powerless to stop what we have for each other. But we know. We know that if we don’t bend to the will of this love, it will break us.
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“I heard this guy say once that he thought if he said ‘no’ to doing drugs then the fight was over. But it turns out he had to say ‘no’ each and every day. I didn’t get it until I met you. When I first fell for you, I said ‘no’ to it. Then the next day the feeling came back. Now every single day, I have to say ‘no’ to being with you.”




Praise

"This book shows a whole other side of angels the good, the bad, and the ugly. Each character has their own story or "core" . This is only the beginning. Where can I find the second book?" ~Maya Twitty

"Could not put it down!!" ~Misty

"I didn't actually chose this book on purpose but I got it because it was free. After reading the first chapter I was hooked...and devastated. How could you let that happen Lola? I definitely recommend that you read this book...with a box of tissues." ~Amazon Review



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Author Lola StVil

Lola SLola was seven when she first came to this country from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Columbia College in Chicago, where her main focus was creative writing. In addition to plays, she also writes screenplays and short stories.


She has been commissioned to write for ABC, CBS and Princeton University. She won the NAACP award for her play "The Bones of Lesser Men". In addition to being nominated for LA Weekly awards. Her work has also received positive reviews from The LA Times, Variety and LA Weekly. This is her first novel.



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